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The Dish


Brazilian eatery to open soon

The wait is over … almost.

A year after the project was announced and after four months of construction, Tucanos Brazilian Grill expects to open its doors this month in Jefferson Pointe, 4130 W. Jefferson Blvd.

Tucanos will likely provide many Fort Wayne diners their first taste of Rio de Janeiro-inspired Brazilian churrasco cuisine, which showcases wood-grilled meats, including more than 15 skewers of beef, pork, turkey, chicken, sausage, vegetables and pineapple served tableside. There are also more than 70 freshly prepared hot and cold dishes at the award-winning Salad Festival.

The restaurant also touts itself as family-friendly, with free meals for children 6 and younger.

“We want to offer more than a meal – we want to offer our visitors the chance to escape the ordinary,” Joe Heeb, chief operating officer and co-founder, said in a statement. “It’s about having fun and enjoying something new, and walking away from the table really confident that you’ve had a great dining experience for a good value.”

New Ground closes

When one door closes, another one opens – or so they say.

For the Rev. Sid Gauby, it means the shuttering of New Ground Coffee Co. in Washington Square, 5925 N. Clinton St., and the beginning of Slow River Coffee.

The shop closed Saturday. According to Journal Gazette archives, New Ground served coffee drinks, tea and homemade pastries during the day but also served as home to a non-denominational Christian congregation led by Gauby.

Slow River Coffee will hit the streets of Fort Wayne as a coffee truck, from which Gauby will serve coffee and fresh baked muffins and scones.

Beer fundraiser

Hospice Home is teaming up with Club Soda for its fifth annual “A Toast to Life: Specialty Beer & Food Pairing Dinner for Hospice Home.”

The fundraiser will be 4 to 7 p.m. Sept. 15 at Club Soda, 235 E. Superior St. A six-course menu will complement six specialty beers from Indianapolis brewer, Sun King. Guests will also enjoy a firkin tapping during the appetizer course which involves the dramatic pounding of a spout into the small firkin keg.

“A Toast to Life” literally toasts the lives and memories of family and friends who are no longer with us. The event also includes a silent auction of leisure and beer-related items.

Seating is limited. Tickets are $125 per person and are available at Club Soda, 235 E. Superior Street in Fort Wayne and at Visiting Nurse, 5910 Homestead Road. For information, please call 435-3212.

Auntie Anne’s truck

Capitalizing on the food truck craze, Auntie Anne’s Pretzels has hit the road to introduce its newest nontraditional venue.

The bright blue Auntie Anne’s food truck offers six flavors of soft pretzels along with lemonade and lemonade mixers, and the area truck is one of the first in the country.

Fans can use social media, searching the #IFoundThePretzelTruck hashtag, to find the truck, but there are also a few stops planned in the coming weeks. Among the locations are the Olde Time Market in Grabill from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. most Saturdays this month; in the Tractor Supply Co. parking lot, 528 N. Main St. in Columbia City, 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every Tuesday this month; and Taste of New Haven, 1 to 7 p.m. Sept. 28.

The Dish features restaurant news and food events and appears Wednesdays. Fax news items to 461-8893, email or call 461-8462.